SchwartzReport: US Milk Bad — and Why

01 Agriculture, 07 Health, Earth Intelligence

If you have issues with milk you are going to find this story very important. We have here what I think is going to be an new datastream, a new thread tracing the failure of the Industrial Animal Husbandry model.

You're Drinking the Wrong Kind of Milk

When my in-laws moved from India to the United States some 35 years ago, they couldn't believe the low cost and abundance of our milk-until they developed digestive problems. They'll now tell you the same thing I've heard a lot of immigrants say: American milk will make you sick.

It takes HOW much water to make a glass of milk?!

It turns out that they could be onto something. An emerging body of research suggests that many of the 1 in 4 Americans who exhibit symptoms of lactose intolerance could instead be unable to digest A1, a protein most often found in milk from the high-producing Holstein cows favored by American and some European industrial dairies. The A1 protein is much less prevalent in milk from Jersey, Guernsey, and most Asian and African cow breeds, where, instead, the A2 protein predominates.

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